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Is Your Waiting Room a Breeding Ground for Microbes?


In recent studies, it has been shown that waiting rooms can breed bacterium. In this article, we explore how to reduce risk and increase cleanliness in your waiting room.


What to Be Aware Of

When many people are sick in a certain space, the illness can spread without appropriate cleaning. That is why it is vital to be aware of the aspects of waiting rooms that can be dangerous.


1. Play Equipment

When children are taken into a medical facility, it is more likely than not that they are sick. They then pass the sickness on through the sharing of toys. To minimise the sharing of microbes, there are a few things which medical facilities can do:

  • Remove soft toys, abacuses, blocks and dolls, as they are the hardest to keep medically clean and therefore more likely to spread a virus.
  • Exchange them for books and electronic devices, which are easier to clean.
  • Remind parents to bring their own toys to keep their child entertained.


2. Flooring

Hard flooring should be regularly double mopped with hospital grade disinfectant and polished to ensure a clean environment for your patients. Carpeting, which can trap dust and bacteria, should be professionally cleaned on a regular basis.


3. Furniture

Although hard surfaces are easy to wipe down with disinfectant, other types of furniture may provide an opportunity for viruses to spread. Upholstered furnishings should, therefore, be cleaned by medical cleaning professionals. This will ensure proper contaminant removal and disinfection.


4. Doorknobs and Handles

Upon entry to your medical facility, handles and doorknobs will be touched. Therefore, it is important to clean them several times a day to ensure the spread of disease does not occur.


5. Books

As a high-touch material, books and magazines should be disinfected. When they show signs of wear-and-tear, it is time to replace them.


Visual Reminders

Many viruses are airborne, so a good way to reduce the spread of illness in a waiting room is to put up visual reminders, such as posters. These posters could encourage patients to sneeze into their elbow, for example, or remind them to sanitise their hands. A small reminder can make a significant difference.


Ensure Appropriate Cleaning

The best way to limit the spread of disease is to ensure your medical area is being reliably and thoroughly cleaned. The best way to achieve this is by engaging with a professional cleaning company. They will make sure that your waiting room will not facilitate the spread of infection.


Book Professional Cleanroom Services Today

Ensure your laboratory, clinic, surgery rooms and other medical areas are meeting international cleanroom standards with Worth Every Cent Cleaning. With support from our professional cleaners and modern cleaning technologies that align with international cleanroom standards, we will ensure a safe and contaminant-free environment in your medical facilities and laboratories.

For all your medical cleaning needs, contact us on 1300 85 44 11 or enquire online.